in the midst of the Madeleine mountains
The Côte-Roannaise is an appellation which is to be found in the centre of France near to the town of Roanne. Not far from the river Loire, this vineyard is to the west of the Beaujolais appellation. On the Madeleine mountains, the house and its outbuildings stand in the midst of the estate, overlooking a section of its vines with Côte-Roannaise appellation. An AOC “Appellation d’Origine Controlee” is a subtle blend of soil, vine stock and man’s know-how. This particular soil is worthy of its growing reputation. It is furthermore included on the wine list of the acclaimed, fine-dining restaurant in Roanne called Troisgros. On the outskirts of the urban area of Roanne, the region attracts tourists courtesy of its pleasant landscapes. This estate is equidistant between Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand, about 1½ hours away by road. TGV train stations and international airports are to be found in both towns.
The large, luxurious home
Constructed over wine-maturing cellars, this robust, square building spans two levels of living space, topped with a hip roof. The rendered facades feature numerous, symmetrically aligned, small-paned windows. The house adjoins the outbuildings to form an L-shape, flanking a vast, red-gravel parvis.
The house’s heavy wooden entrance door opens into a long vestibule, laid with red and white cement floor tiles. Opposite, an old door with moustache-shaped ironwork provides access to the cellar. This is a vast function room that opens on to the garden via a wide picture window. On either side of the entrance hall, a lounge faces a kitchen. The lounge is nice and bright. The floor is covered with coloured cement tiles. A sculpted stone fireplace acts as a decorative feature and panelling, lining the walls, conceals cupboards. Opposite, the spacious kitchen is tiled in a similar manner. It adjoins a laundry room and provides access to a bathroom with a toilet. A stairway, with wooden steps, goes up from the end of the vestibule to the second level of the house.
This level has parquet flooring throughout. The stairway leads to a vast landing, illuminated by a window. This floor is taken up by five bedrooms and a study. Three of the bedrooms, and the study, look out over the valley. A bathroom and a toilet complete this level.
The wine-making buildings and the vines
The wine-making buildings adjoin the main house. They include a fermenting room, spanning a ground surface area of approx. 105 m² and fitted with concrete vats and other wine-making equipment. The fermenting room is followed by storage areas.
All the wine-making equipment could be sold over and above the asking price.
The AOC Côte-Roannaise vine stock, planted in several stages since 1991, is solely composed of gamay, the only vine variety used for making red and rosé wines with this appellation. The vines are planted on two plots in a neighbouring village. One spans 2 ha and the other 4 ha. The rest of the vineyard is planted on the property where a plot still awaits planting.
The guest house and the chapel
The guest house stands facing the entrance to the main house. It spans two levels of living space. Fully restored in 2002, it comprises four bedrooms and a living room that opens on to a terrace, spanning approx. 30 m². The view stretches into the distance. Each of the spacious bedrooms has its own shower room and toilet.
The chapel stands near to the guest house. Constructed in 1855, at the time when other chapels (such as Brouilly chapel) were built in the hope of diverting frost, hail and all kinds of pests that attack vines. It was blessed by the archbishop of Lyon. Nowadays it protects the houses and their residents.
The very quintessence of Côte-Roannaise wine can be found on this estate: the rows of vine stock enhance the relief with seasonally-changing colours. The view from the esplanade stretches into the distance and evokes the pleasures to hand, in the form of a wine that over the years has gained its patent of nobility. The vines that produce it are laid out like a cloak at the foot of the estate. The renovated family home is extremely comfortable. The outbuildings exude character. The much-appreciated guest house already brings in income, completing that of the meticulously run vineyard.
|Land registry surface area||10 ha 75 a 80 ca|
|Main building surface area||330 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||380 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
Florence Granier +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.